By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK
Another gloomy, overcast morning with a little fog early and a temperature of 35 (F) 2 (C) ending with a fine misty rain
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It wasn’t until about 7:45am that I found a falcon this morning as I made my way over to the east side. Both Beauty and Dot.ca (DC) were on the south side of Xerox-she was on her favorite column, the 5th and he was next to her on the 4th from the southeast corner.
I parked on Chestnut St. by Martin Luther King Jr. Park to share space with our beloved downtown pair where I could face them. They were in hunt mode, watching their surroundings from the tallest building in Rochester.
At about 8:15am DC took off to the south followed immediately by Beauty who went into stoop formation and quickly left my field of vision. When they didn’t return I went looking and in my travels spotted the nice decorations at The Inn on Broadway.
I ended up on Basin St. in the hole next to the Wilder building where I found Beauty on the east side railing of Widows Walk (WW) and a holiday banner with Times Square in the background.
The Beautyful one started out doing some preening then the head bobbing started. I thought she was fixing to hunt on a prey bird but when she flew off to the north side of Times Square I found out what she had been watching.
DC snuck in at some point with food and had it on one of the columns on the lower back half of Times Square without me noticing. He flew off with a little of his food and finished it on the north side railing of WW, while Beauty took his spot on the column and ate a small portion DC left behind.
They both made quick work of the small portions they had then Beauty flew over to the lower roof of WW below DC who had a full crop, for a short time. As I was tweeting out my findings they both took off unbeknownst to me until I looked back over there right around the 9 o’clock hour.
I left Basin St. for Bank Place on the other side of the hole where it meets Aqueduct St. because Beauty had flown to the Mercury money bag (MMB) and that was a better spot to view her. She did a lot of preening while I watched her there.
I was thinking since DC had eaten that he might have gone to his man cave up in the OCSR elevator shaft to rest and digest his meal, so I left Beauty to look for him. From the Radisson Hotel driveway I found DC on the south side ledge (his favorite side of the shaft).
I left downtown for home about 9:20am and as I pulled over on St. Paul St. to check Seneca Towers before I got to Seth Green Drive, I spotted Billie on the south end of the building perched on a pipe near the southeast corner. I continued on to park in the Northridge Church parking lot where I noticed 99 up on the northwest corner railing. Just as I got my camera up Buffalo Billie came flying in and landed on a pipe near 99.
Apparently, she had caught a small prey bird on her way over for she started plucking feathers as I was taping a video. They both had their back to me so I left for my spot on Seth Green Dr. at the other end of Seneca Towers. 99 was gone when I got there but Billie was looking big and beautiful as she ate her breakfast.
Billie stopped eating for a minute or so as she was looking at something, then this big girl flew off to the south with the prey in her talons at 9:47am.
I waited to see if she would come back and when she didn’t I ended my watch at 10am. For the 2nd day in a row I got to see all 4 Rochester Peregrine Falcons which as you know makes me smile!
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